Branson, Winter 2012–Part 1

We spent a long weekend in Branson, and arrived home this Monday.  We went to a few shows, some of us rode a zip line, and we hung out.  It was a lovely time, just getting to chill together.

We drove down to Branson on Thursday, arriving around 4 p.m.  After unpacking and having dinner at Red Lobster, we went and saw the Chinese acrobats at the Shanghai Circus.  Very fun!

While we were at Red Lobster, I decided that it would be fun to take pictures of the food that I ate out at restaurants.  A fun thing to do for somebody who loves food, right?  Well, I followed this up by forgetting my camera the next day (which meant that I didn’t get any photos of that meal), and eating my entire meal at the next restaurant before I remembered that I should have taken a picture.  The third time I didn’t even think about taking a picture.  In fact, I didn’t realize that I missed the third meal until now.  I’m real great at remembering to take pictures of my food, eh?  I wonder what would happen if I tried to do a 365 – it would turn into a 100, if I remembered that often!  😛

On Friday, we went and saw Twice Adopted (it was great!) in the morning, then spent some time walking around downtown Branson.  We had lunch at a place down there, and I shared some AWESOME tomato basil soup with Mom.  I have to recreate that soon.  It was so good.  We spent the evening at our condo being together.

We also bought some Pop-Tarts.  Now, for all my trying to eat healthy, I LOVE POP-TARTS!  I so greatly enjoyed eating Pop-Tarts over the weekend.  Mmmmm…

Now for the photos.  I forgot my camera on Friday, for which I was most sad.  😦  Most of these are from Thursday, and a few are from Friday night.  During intermission at the New Shanghai Circus, Drake and I entertained ourselves with self-portraits, portraits, and random shots.  I sure had a blast with those, and I hope you enjoy them, too!

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Waiting for food

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I ordered the four-course feast, or something like that.  It was SO GOOD!  Creamy potato soup to start it off…

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…and then a salad

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The faces Drake often makes for me when I point that camera at him.

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What?

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ARRRRGH!

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Love him – he’s just so funny

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Meiling being funny – I’m not sure how to caption these

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I think they speak for themselves

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My main course, minus the shrimp, which I ate before I remembered to take a picture.  Sound familiar? 🙂

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Dessert – a brownie.  It was very good, despite the fact that it had too much chocolate and caramel syrups

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We drove through a Christmas light display before going to the Chinese acrobat show

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Meiling 🙂

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At intermission

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One of those moments

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Fun with the lights

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Little Peanut hands

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Toe shoes

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Now here begins the random self-portraits

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Siblings

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I know I said this before, but he is SO MUCH FUN

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Helooooooo

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Rows of chairs, red ones specifically, are fun

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Drake had a turn with the camera and took a few photos of yours truly. 🙂

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Now, photos from Friday night.

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Dad purchased this kit to mix your own chip flavors.  He likes chips.  I like him. 🙂

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Drake, making his epic face

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The chips, all ready to eat

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Playing games

Almost 6

My little sister Meiling is almost six.  Her birthday is next week.  Today I dressed her up, and we went outside and took pictures.  There were plenty of flowers – some on bushes to use as a backdrop, and some to pick.  We had fun!

This was my first time doing portraits with props.  We collected some different items – some that Meiling liked or that matched her outfit – and threw them in a big plastic bag so they wouldn’t get dirty.  I carried that around while we were taking pictures.

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The wind was blowing, and Meiling was joking that she would let go of her parasol

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“Tut, tut, it looks like rain!”

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Meiling and her puppy dog Jake

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These were both so cute that I couldn’t take one out!

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Picking flowers

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The tulip bloomed!

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Jumping

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Meiling showing me how high she can climb

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Redbuds

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Fun With Portraits

Today my friend came over, and we went outside to take pictures.  Last time she was here, she asked me to take a few pictures of her, but we only took a few that we were happy with.  I had wanted to go outside, but it was already dark out.  I was glad that this time it was still light outside and we had enough time to take pictures.  It was a blast!

 

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Tell me what you think of the black and white

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